Historical Figures Who Died in 1899

  • Jan 10 Gerard Keller, Dutch writer (Vlugmaren), dies at 69
  • Jan 12 Hiram Walker, American entrepreneur and founder of the Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery, dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, dies at 89
  • Jan 17 Jedediah Hotchkiss, American topographer and cartographer, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Alfredo d'Escragnolle, French/Brazilian writer (Innocencia), dies
  • Jan 29 Alfred Sisley, French impressionist painter, dies at 59
  • Jan 29 Robert Fruin, Dutch historian (80 year war), dies at 75
  • Feb 6 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
  • Feb 6 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, dies at 24 in mysterious circumstances
  • Feb 11 George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies
  • Feb 16 Félix Faure, 6th President of the French Third Republic (1895-99), dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Marius Sophus Lie, Norwegian mathematician (continuous symmetry), dies at 56
  • Feb 21 Sir George Bowen, British provincial governor and 5th Governor of New Zealand (1868-73), dies at 77
  • Feb 25 Paul Julius von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news agency, dies at 82
  • Mar 1 Gyorgy Apponyi, Hungarian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 3 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)
  • Mar 6 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
  • Mar 14 Emile Erckmann, French writer (Waterloo), dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Joseph Medill, mayor of Chicago (b. 1823)
  • Mar 18 Douglas Strutt Galton, English engineer (rails, trains), dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Svetolik Ranković, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • Mar 20 Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 20 Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49
  • Apr 8 John Wesley Turner, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 65
  • Apr 16 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, dies at 23
  • Apr 20 Joseph Wolf, German artist (b. 1820)
  • Apr 21 Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer, dies at 80
  • Apr 23 Dandridge McRae, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • May 1 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician, dies at 75
  • May 15 Francisque Sarcey, French writer (Le Temps), dies at 70
  • May 25 Marie-Rosalie "Rosa" Bonheur, French animalière painter (The Horse Fair; Buffalo Bill), and sculptor, dies at 68
  • Jun 7 Augustin Daly, American playwright and theatrical manager, dies at 60
  • Jun 7 William Stephen Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 77
  • Jun 13 [Robert] Lawson Tait, Scottish-born pioneering surgeon performed first salpingectomy for ectopic pregnancy, dies at 54
  • Jun 30 Jon Helgason, Icelandic poet (Ur Landsudri), dies
  • Jul 7 George Washington Julian, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, dies at 82
  • Jul 12 Esquire Mauritius A de Savornin Lohman, Governor of Suriname, dies at 67
  • Jul 18 Horatio Alger, American clergyman and author (Disagreeable Woman, Ragged Dick), dies at 67
  • Jul 21 Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and military officer (b. 1833)
  • Jul 28 Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Military leader, diplomat and politician, President of Venezuela (1870-77, 1879-84, 1886-87), dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Edward Frankland, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence, dies on holiday in Norway at 74

Robert BunsenRobert Bunsen (1811-1899)

Aug 16 German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, dies at 88

  • Sep 14 Henry Bliss, American real estate agent, dies when struck by a taxicab in NYC at 69
  • Sep 17 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American industrialist and co-founder (Pillsbury Company), dies at 56
  • Sep 28 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter (Become his fare), dies
  • Oct 23 Penn Symons, British Major General during Second Boer War, dies in battle during the Battle Of Talana Hill at 56
  • Oct 28 C Grant B Allen, Canada, British writer (Woman Who Did), dies
  • Oct 28 Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-American inventor who invented the linotype machine that revolutionized printing, dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • Oct 30 William Henry Webb, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 83
  • Nov 19 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist, dies at 79
  • Nov 21 Garret Augustus Hobart, 24th VP, dies
  • Nov 24 Abdullah ibn Mohammed al-Ta'a'ishi, mahdi of Sudan (1883-99), dies
  • Nov 27 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest and poet, dies at 69
  • Nov 28 Adriaan de la Rey, eldest son of Boer General Koos de la Rey, dies in The Battle of Modder River, Cape Colony (now South Africa) at 19
  • Nov 28 Robert Brank Vance, American politician (US Representatives from North Carolina, 1873-85), dies at 71
  • Dec 2 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
  • Dec 11 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • Dec 17 Frederick "Freddy" Roberts, son of British field marshal, dies in battle
  • Dec 22 Dwight L Moody, US evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement), dies
  • Dec 30 James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget), dies at 85